February 15th, 2018

[podcast] Redeeming Conflict in Lent (with Dr. Ann Garrido) #108

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This week we talk about the beginning of Lent and I share some of my plans for the coming 40 days. I also share a recent conversation I had with Dr. Ann Garrido, a professor and author.

Ann Garrido, Doctor of Ministry, is associate professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and a consultant with Triad Consulting Group, a conflict mediation and communications team based in Cambridge, MA. She is the author of six books and numerous articles in the field of Church leadership and ministry.

Ann’s website

Ann’s Books mentioned in this episode:
Living the Gospel: Daily Devotions for Lent 2018
Redeeming Conflict

In this show, I also share some feedback for Taylor, who is the young wife, newly-pregnant with twins who asked for prayer support last week.

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February 17
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March 10
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March 24
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February 6th, 2018

[podcast] Find Healing in Jesus #107

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Do you need healing in your life? Of course you do! We all suffer, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. In this week’s show, we discuss some Gospel passages that are helpful to reflect on when in need of healing, and also see ways we can “get out of our own way” when it comes to finding peace and healing from God.

Gospel passages cited:

Mark 2:16-17

Luke 13:10-17

In this show, I also share some feedback from taylor, who is a young wife, newly-pregnant with twins and has some concerns about her babies’ health. Pleas,e let us remember to pray for Taylor, that God might give her peace and strength throughout this pregnancy.

We also share a question about fair trade and the ethics of shopping from listener Maggie. Let me know what you think!

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February 10
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February 17
Danielle will be speaking at Together in Holiness marriage conference in Tulsa, OK

March 10
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March 24
Danielle will be speaking that the Catholic Women of Faith Conference in Nashville, TN

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January 31st, 2018

[podcast] Own Your Day #106

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Do you often feel overwhelmed by multiple responsibilities pulling you in different directions? Do you often feel like you are failing at many things — important things — that others count on you for? Do you feel there is never enough time for you, for your spiritual life, for you work, your kids, and your marriage?

If so, JOIN THE CLUB. So many of us struggle to find balance in our lives. In this show, we talk about some steps you can take to begin to take more responsibility for how you spend your time and energy each day. We talk about how you can begin to live your life more purposefully and with intention, in line with the many priorities you care about. I offer these steps:

1) Recognize that you get to choose.
Take responsibility for the fact that you are not a victim. You are in control of your life and you get to decide how you will spend your time.

2) Decide what your priorities are.
Take time to think about what things are important to you and how much time you think you should reasonably spend on each of them on a regular basis.

3) Make a plan.
This can be a formal, written plan, or it can be an informal one you have in you mind. Figure out what works for you.

4) Start now!
Stop thinking you will “get organized” later. Begin these steps today and then enjoy the peace of mind that comes amor having a thought-out plan for your life, in whatever way it works for you.

And tell me what does work for you! I want to know your thoughts and ideas about taking better control of your days. Let me know what you think!

Referenced in this show: A Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot

Contemplative at Home podcast

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January 24th, 2018

[podcast] 4 Ways to Improve Your Marriage Right Now #104

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Whether you’re living in marital bliss or struggle, we all have room for improvement inside of our marriages. Marriage is a vocation and a call to holiness, and sometimes that call really is going to be a challenge for us to live up to. This week, I’m sharing 4 simple (not easy!) ways to improve your marriage that you can get started with right now.

After you listen, be sure to let me know what you think. Share your ideas, what works for you, or what you struggle with. We can use your feedback on a future show.

1. Pay more compliments.
Can you think of a time when someone said something critical of you and it cut you to the core? Can you think of a time when someone complimented you and you felt over the moon? Words have real power and are an important tool we can use build up those we love … or tear them down.

2. Do something active together.
What do you and your spouse do after the kids have gone to bed or whenever you have downtime together? There is nothing wrong with television or independent projects, but you have a unique opportunity to replace these things with shared activity that will feed your marriage and nurture your relationship. Shared goals and common activities bring you closer and foster a cooperative spirit in your marriage.

3. Soak up the sacraments.
We Catholics have such a great gift in the sacraments! Because he loves us, Jesus gave us the sacraments as a means of attaining the grace we need to do God’s will every day. The sacraments feed our souls, heal us, and fill us with God’s own life.

4. Do more than your share.
Do you nitpick and keep track of who does what around the house and how often? When you share living space with another grown up, it’s only human to feel unappreciated on occasion and get annoyed with what sometimes feels like an unfair division of household chores. But let’s challenge each other to be better than that. Cheerfully aim to do “more than your share” of household tasks and daily drudgery.

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January 17th, 2018

[podcast] Getting Real About Family Prayer with Alicia Hernon #103

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Do you struggle to find a rhythm with family prayer? Do you have kids who rebel against it, or a reluctant spouse? Or do you find it a challenge to motivate yourself to pray somedays? Fear not! This week’s guest, Alicia Hernon, mom of 10 and co-host of the Messy Parenting podcast, is here to offer encouragement! I just loved talking with Alicia — she has so much practical wisdom to share with Catholic families of all kinds and sizes. I know you are going to love her too!

After you listen, be sure to let me know what you think. Share your ideas, what works for you, or what you struggle with. We can sue your feedback on a future show.

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January 9th, 2018

[podcast] Getting Over Those Post-Holiday Blues #102

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Are you feeling just a little blue now that the holidays are over? Are you struggling to fall back into your everyday routines? Well, this week we are sharing some ideas for ways to overcome those blues or blah’s, or whatever you want to call them …

1) Relish the everyday.
See the value and comfort you find in everyday routines. Enjoy the gift of ordinary time and those regular habits and routes that bring us on fort and joy.

2) Bring in light & color.
Use candles! Use lights! Add bright colors to your wardrobe or your home. These easy ways of adding cheerfulness to our days can make a big difference in how we feel.

3) Look for ways to be cozy.
Use blankets, warm socks, sweaters, and fireplaces to make yourself and your family feel all cozy and warm this winter. Check out the concept of “hygge” and look for ways to add it to your home and your life (and find even more ideas on this website).

4) Get the sleep you need.
Lack of sleep can lead to stress, weight gain, and depression. Get the rest you need this winter, and recognize that it’s OK to sleep a little more when the days are cold and dark. Go to bed early and you’ll make a big difference in how you feel the next day!

5) Make a plan.
Look to the future with joy and anticipation. Plan a trip, a new work or project, a party, a date, or even just a craft activity with your kids. Give yourself something fun to look forward to!

This week we share feedback from listeners Nina, Natalie, and David. Next week, I would love to hear from you! Share your thoughts and ideas on this episode or others.

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December 19th, 2017

[podcast] 3 Things to Do This Christmas #101

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Are you ready for Christmas? Don’t worry, me neither.

This week I share 3 simple things I think everyone should take time to do this Christmas season.

1) Hold Baby Jesus
Spend some time “holding” Baby Jesus in your heart, reflecting on the meaning behind him coming to us a small, vulnerable baby.

2) Skip something.
It’s OK to say no to something, even if it is something you “always” do. Give yourself permission to give up traditions and obligations that are not serving your nd your family this year.

3) Go on a date.
Spend some quiet, uninterrupted, one-on-one time with someone who is important to you.

I will not be recording the podcast for the next two weeks, as I take time to spend the holidays with my family. I will be back with new episodes in 2018.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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December 12th, 2017

[podcast] How to Enjoy Right Now #100

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This week we are talking about the joy and peace there is to be found in being fully present in RIGHT NOW. Mindfulness is kind of a buzz word these days, but what does it really mean? How can we practice being focused on the present moment when there is so much about the past that haunts us and so much about the future that causes us to worry?

Well, Jesus reminded us, “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” (Matthew 6:34)

How can we do that, though? It’s so hard sometimes. share these three thoughts that can help:

1) STOP.
Build breaks into your day and give yourself moments where you can just BE and know that it is enough.

2) Pay attention to your thoughts.
Get in the habit of noticing when your thoughts leave the present moment and train yourself to keep reigning them back in.

3) Pay attention to noise.
What kind of “noise” do you allow in your life on a regular basis? TV, radio, social media, stress from news? Look for ways to insert more quiet and limit those kinds of “noise” that you have control of.

4) Redirect your thoughts.
Get in the habit of noticing when you think too much about the past or the future, and practice focusing on the present, even inside of your spiritual life and what you pray for.

5) Look for examples.
Do you know someone who is good at living in the moment? A friend or a child or a pet? Watch and learn!

We also heard lots of feedback and compassion for Kristen who shared about her miscarriage in last week’s episode. Maria even shared this photo of a certificate she received at her parish after having a “remembrance of commendation” ceremony in honor of the baby she had lost:

remembrance

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